BioShock: The Collection brought shiny remasters of the BioShock games to consoles this week, but that doesn’t mean PC players have been left behind. PC players who already own BioShock, BioShock 2, or Minerva’s Den on Steam will automatically be given free upgrades to the HD remastered versions, following the launch of The Collection. However, BioShock Infinite is not included in this upgrade deal, as the console version of BioShock Infinite in The Collection is essentially the same as the PC version anyway.
If you own one of the aforementioned BioShock titles on Steam (aside from Infinite), the remastered versions of each will automatically show up within your Steam library as separate games now that the The Collection has been released. This gives players the option of installing either the original or remastered versions.
The process gets a bit more tedious for those who don’t own these games on Steam. If you purchased physical copies of these BioShock titles, or bought them through Games for Windows Live, you must redeem their game codes on Steam manually before receiving the upgrade, which can take a bit of effort.
For the first BioShock game, you will need to send either a physical or digital proof of purchase to 2K Support, which may include a photo of the disc. For BioShock 2, you must have the Games for Windows Live key that came with your retail copy in order to redeem the game through Steamworks support.
BioShock: The Collection launched this week for Xbox One and PS4. This collection includes HD remasters of BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite, along with all of the single-player DLC for each and the Minerva’s Den expansion for the second game. The comparison trailer for BioShock: The Collection shows sharper textures, improved lighting, and various other graphical tweaks for fans to look forward to. Let us know if you’ll be diving back into Rapture on PC or consoles!